Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From Mother Vicki

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.”  But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
Mark 6:14-16 NRSV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This story of King Herod and John the Baptism is part of our Gospel for Sunday, July 15.  The rest of the passage fills in how Herod had arrested John the Baptist because he had told him that his marriage to his brother’s wife was unlawful.  But this passage that includes the telling of John’s beheading also speaks of how Herod liked to go to John’s prison cell and listen to him.  There was something about John that drew him in.  He knew in his soul that John was “a righteous and holy man.” He might not have had John killed if it wasn’t that he had promised his wife’s daughter after she danced that he would give her whatever she asked.  When Herod hears about Jesus and his miracles, he is convinced that this is John the Baptist who has come back to life.  What we hear in his voice is regret and fear that he has sinned against God.  We see into his soul.

This Sunday our 8 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist is in the Church, but our 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist is at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak (35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, 10701).  Come early with your car (if you have one!) and help us carry over chairs at 9:45 am.  Don’t forget to bring your pot luck contribution for our parish picnic directly after our outdoor service.  This is a lovely summer annual event.  Casual dress, frisbees, etc. are welcome! Please join us!

Our Farmers’ Market and Flea Market make Thursdays special.  This is a wonderful event blessed by so many terrific volunteers and venders. Come and enjoy coffee and a donut, or a hot dog.  Buy fresh vegetables and bread, fruit and toys, as well as great used clothing.  And it’s not too late to bring your donations in of gently used items, kitchen utensils, pots and pans.  Thank you!

You should be receiving in the mail a Save the Date card about our 325th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 23.  Thanks to Deborah Holcombe who designed it!  Our next meeting to help prepare for the big event will be Sunday, July 22nd at noon in the church office.  This is open to anyone who is interested in helping.  We need volunteers in all areas, so please come and join us as we joyfully lift up our incredible heritage of belonging to the very first Anglican parish in this area!

Our seventh class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, July 23rd
from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library (enter through the door closest to the Guild Room).  The last class in this course will be on September 10th. Please let me know if you wish to join us (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Clearly Herod felt terribly guilty about having John the Baptist killed.  He could not take back what he had done.  His life was changed forever because of this rash decision.

We all struggle with regret, fear and sin.  Sin is whatever gets in the way of our relationship with God and with each other.  Every Sunday we confess our sins out loud and we receive forgiveness. If we take this process seriously, it helps us to amend our lives, change our ways and stay closer to Christ.

Stay cool!

Blessings and love,

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

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